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Early Childhood Ireland welcomes news 800,000 children have benefited from ECCE programme

May 8, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland has welcomed figures showing that 800,000 children have benefited from the ECCE preschool programme since 2010. The figures were released yesterday by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

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National Childcare Scheme

April 2, 2019

Staff from Early Childhood Ireland received very worthwhile training from Pobal last week on the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme, so our Support Point colleagues are ready, willing and able to reply to members’ queries by telephone: 01 405 7103 or email.

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Support Point Update 26 March 2019

March 26, 2019

We look at the recruitment and selection process. We also highlight the Capital Grants deadline and look at the newly announced programme support payment from the DCYA. Member login required

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Support Point Update 12 March 2019

March 12, 2019

In this week's update we look at workplace well-bring in relation to mental health. We also cover public procurement and conflicts of interest for capital grant submissions, and ways to prevent accidents in your setting. 

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Capital Grant applications now open

February 26, 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone announced the opening of applications for the 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes on Monday 25th February.

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Support Point Update 12 February 2019

February 12, 2019

This week, our update covers management of frequent absences, facilities required in a setting if there are children sleeping, and Capital Grants 2019.

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Early Childhood Ireland Staffing Survey 2019

February 12, 2019

In order to present DCYA & other policy makers with the most up-to-date evidence available, we are asking you, our members, to please complete a short survey on your experiences with staffing issues.

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Pobal Early Years Profile 2017/2018 – Part Two

December 18, 2018

In the second part of our profile summary, we look at findings on staff recruitment and retention, fees and commercial rates.

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Pobal Sector Profile 2017/18

December 11, 2018

The first part of our summary of key findings from the latest Pobal Early Years Sector Profile report 2017/2018.

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ECI Welcomes the First 5 Strategy

November 21, 2018

Ireland’s first ever early years strategy, First 5, was published to much fanfare yesterday.

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